Drs. Karla Boluk and Corey Johnson were selected as The Academy of Leisure Sciences (TALS) Teaching Innovation Award recipients for 2018 for their work to integrate the tourism curriculum in our department. The award will be officially announced and presented at the 2019 TALS Teaching and Research Conference, Feb. 26—28, 2019 in Greenville, South Carolina. Congratulations to both Karla and Corey on this impressive achievement!
When embarking on qualitative inquiry, there are a range of research components to consider, including traditional and creative representations, says Professor Lisbeth Berbary from the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies.
Tourist behaviour has often been a bone of contention for local residents around the world. Such was the case in the Northwest Territories recently, when five kayakers went over Alexandra Falls. The stunt was not only dangerous and costly, with two of the kayakers getting hurt and having to be rescued, but it also disrespected sacred land, say the traditional Dene land users.
The University of Waterloo has once again clinched top spot in Canada in the hospitality and tourism management subject rankings compiled by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai) subject rankings (Shanghai). The Department held the same spot last year and remained at number 23 in the world for the second year in a row.
Bryan Grimwood and co-investigators (including Lori Campbell and Lisbeth Berbary at UWaterloo), have secured a $278,000 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight grant for a project called Unsettling Tourism: Settler Stories, Indigenous Lands, and Awakening an Ethics of Reconciliation.
Katie Misener’s research was recently featured by the Sport Information Resource Centre (SIRC). This national organization is committed to empowering sport organizations and individuals to improve the Canadian sport system by sharing credible and evidence-based knowledge. The article also offers practitioners with a link to an animated video summarizing the rationale and implications for community sport organizations engaging in socially responsible initiatives.
The role of government is a critical topic when we think about leisure and community. Rec 641 (Leisure and Community) recently invited Catherine Fife – MPP in Kitchener-Waterloo for a visit to discuss government priorities related to our community.